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just. golden rice. coming up on our t.v. julia songs of man behind wiki leaks remains in london's ecuadorian embassy but he's not staying silent from the n.s.a. leaks to much more r.t. was able to interview the world renowned leaker that exclusive conversation just ahead in the morning to a new report the obama administration has invoked a chilling effect on the freedom of press on the d.o.j. tracking of phones of journalists to the prosecution of whistleblowers concerns for press freedom are growing more on that coming up and it's the eleventh day of the government shutdown but the standoff between republicans and democrats continues republicans are pushing for short term raise of the debt ceiling but obama demands no strings attached before saying yes to the deal the latest on this fiscal deadlock later in the show.
it's friday october eleventh eight pm in washington d.c. i'm a near a david and you're watching our t.v. we begin tonight with new video of edward snowden out of moscow this is the first video we're seeing of outward snowden since his guardian interview that coincided with the first of the n.s.a. run revelations leaks back in june what you're seeing here is video released by wiki leaks of edward snowden receiving the sam adams integrity award which he received in moscow just two days ago snowden spoke at the award ceremony about government transparency have a listen. this is about the belief he got on the. air. recently. what he. is really. good we. see.
we are. very. very modest recently we don't. know. snowden then went on to talk more about the dangers to democracy. exactly. just this one the last. one but this. person. already. edward snowden is a former government contractor who leaked documents on the us and the british government's master valence programs to the press. and now we turn to an exclusive interview with another whistleblower juliana songe artie's sister spanish channel
sat down with the wiki leaks founder in london a song she was granted asylum by aqua door last year has been waiting in the country's embassy in london for safe passage in the interview a song shared his thoughts on a number of issues talking specifically about the n.s.a. scandal and the relationship we can leaks has had with former u.s. government contractor edward snowden artie's eva golinger has more. here at the embassy of ecuador in london he affirmed that the exceptionalism that barack obama president of united states is defending is merely an excuse to be involved a law something used by nations such as united states with power to subordinate others assigned also alerted to the necessity of developing sovereign technology and sovereignty in general in order to defend nations against the mass surveillance and espionage programs of the united states that violate human rights and certain rights under international law will look at it whenever you see the president talk
about exceptionalism what he's trying to say is there are rules of civil behavior. doesn't apply to him. whether that's invading another country or whether that's abuse of lords or. in relation to. barack obama's use of the espionage act against alleged journalistic sources. and journalists. that's something you so it's very important that people understand this is not just a bit more it's a radical change. very few bamma has prosecuted more people on the espionage act more journalistic sources on the espionage act and all previous presidents combined going back to one nine hundred seventy eight in fact he's prosecuted them but this is a deliberate conscious decision by the white house to create
a chilling effect using the espionage act as opposed to some other mechanism he also thanked the russian government for giving asylum to edward snowden the whistleblower and former n.s.a. contractor and he thanked the countries of ecuador venezuela bolivia for offering asylum to snowden and also giving support and asylum to assign chen cell saying that they are the few nations amongst the few nations that had the courage to stand up to u.s. power and aggression in terms of those nations that stepped forward it was left america and russia and not all of latin america either but then that's where they believe you and they could or trying a keen interest. that was our tease eva golinger speaking with juliana songe if you ever take a visit to the white house web page and type in government transparency you'll find a memo from president obama declaring his policy on open government he states
government should be transparent transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing now while that's obama stated intentions his actions speak louder than words according to a report released yesterday by the committee to protect journalists president obama has fallen short of his promise before details how the administration has been curbing routine disclosures of information and how the aggressive prosecution to leakers under the espionage act has created a chilling effect on potential government sources under the obama administration six government employees and two contractors including edward snowden have been charged under the espionage act that's compared to just three such prosecution as an all previous u.s. administrations combined i was joined earlier by both the host and producer of breaking the set abby martin and men well rob lowe they shed some light on this discrepancy and talk a little bit more about the report's findings i started by asking abbie what she
thinks have been the most egregious policies set forth by the obama administration why was a little surprised to see this report coming out from the c b j because this is an organization that for the last thirty years has been really focused on war zones and journalist being killed in the line of fire so for them to kind of take initiative on the home front shows you that there's a really unprecedented move a lot of president trends going on with the obama administration. and really you know the thing that's so tragic about it is that he campaign himself as a transparency president so it's just i think that that's really just so tragic the things that set up the most to me of course as you just mentioned the eight people charge of this archaic world war one piece of legislation designed to prosecute spies under the espionage act and on top of that you see completely ridiculous seizures of phone. records stablish mint media organization a p fox news i mean so when you're calling out fox news and a.p. journalists are actually status and journalists and you know that something's really in trouble here absolutely i think you hit it right on the mark there are
many you know addie mention this but see p.j. does typically focus on war zones on countries that are outside of the united states this is actually the first report that they've done on the status of press freedom in the country in the united states what do you think that says i mean this is an organization organization c p j that's been around for decades and this is the first year salute was on that just a duck kill off of what abby says this is absolutely unprecedented seepage is focused on war zones countries and not just wars and become trees where it's actually very just dangerous in general to to be a journalist for political reasons places like honduras egypt syria where these are regarded some of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist so why the united states will that with that signifies at least to me from a journalistic point of view is the actual shift that we've taken from the bush administration to the obama administration where under bush what journalists were getting whistleblowers were getting were mere threats of like hey look we're not going to be persecuting you but you better stop doing this under obama this has become
a reality and like abby mentioned eight people persecuted in the espionage act that's absolutely unprecedented this includes people like edward snowden and and. other folks as well but i mean i just want to read you one quote this is from jane mayer from the new yorker who said it's a huge impediment to reporting and so chilling isn't quite strong enough it's more like freezing the whole process so really what this shows you is that the obama administration may very well be the worst when it comes to press freedoms since the nixon years and it's amazing how many reporters came out and support and really talked about how they've never covered a presidency as you know with more secrecy and so that that was really amazing but you mentioned at word snowden abbe i want to talk to you about him because he was the latest with the blower charged under the espionage act. of course he's not in the united states so he won't be tried at least not not yet what kind of effect would you say that snowden and the entire n.s.a. scandal has really had on the public's perception of their privacy their right to
privacy well how sad is it that we have whistleblowers seeking asylum in russia and journalists who are covering the leaks hiding out in brazil and their partners hiding out in berlin i mean that's the state of the world today where they can't even reside in this country because of the fear of being persecuted it completely blew the lid off everything and it's something that we've known for a long time since nine eleven we kind of knew the overreach of the patriot act but really we didn't realize how far it went and even though we've been saying that for years and years we didn't have the proof in our hands so edward snowden really blew the lid off everything everyone in the entire country knows that not only are we being spied on not only is our meditative being collected but it reaches far beyond just the borders of this country and goes to spying on people in brazil with no constitutional protections whatsoever sharing this data with israel and other allies of the u.s. so i think we are in a state of shock still recovering from the fact that we've kind of had all of our beliefs consolidated and confirmed and he i think it was a really pivotal moment that many i wanted to ask you about you know the
administration's defense of this what they say is that you know we had for every four year requests that had been submitted to the government we have released that information we've been we've been asked transparent as we can possibly be and i think that the reaction has been you know pretty pretty fair i guess so what do you think do you think the administration should be getting any kind of credit for. for this absolutely no i think that it's ridiculous and i think that the actual term that they use is that we've been very speedy when it comes to this with the world they choose to use a speedy i don't know what method of time calculation they're using from the state department alone to get financial records from the the previous secretary of state hillary clinton it takes upwards of a year to get information that's from the state department let alone the. it's agencies like the cia and f.b.i. and n.s.a. who will constantly be bouncing back and forth oh you know this is in our jurisdiction you're going to need to do this where requests from from n.s.a. and essays like oh you know what we did away with those records you going to have
to go check the archives so i think it's really if they're touting this this is absolutely really is this is terrible for them to say that oh you know we're being very very speedy and another thing that the obama administration is guilty of is overclassification so when you get your hands on a foyer request half that stuff you can't even read because things that may not even be a matter of national security are now all the sudden over classified and that has a chilling effect of its own for government employees to say look we're not sure of whether or not this is a gray area where this is classified or not classified so we're just not going to talk to you so that's having its own effect as well absolutely and abbie we know that this is not just about government sources anymore we know that journalists are being targeted it calls into question another really controversial obama policy the n.d.a. the indefinite detention clods of the n.b.a. can you talk about that provision a little bit and just how it sort of feeds into this this whole thing yeah i think that's why people are so concerned because we've seen this movie a really egregious move on part of the obama signing into law the n.d.a.
the national offense others asian x.x. and ten twenty one which authorize the indefinite detention of people who are and associated force with al qaeda or terrorists and we already know that that term is so general so subjective that it can really be anyone in journalist chris hedges tried to sue the administration by saying hey i've been in bed with what you called terror is what you deem terrors and i could be indefinitely detained by the military with no hideous cause as i mean we're talking about a policy that goes back centuries magna carta i mean this concept of having due process and a fair trial is so foundational to democracy and to just free freedom and i think that that's as very terrifying when you see that coupled and with the war on whistleblowers in the war on the press. that was abby martin host of breaking the set and manning rob lowe the producer for breaking the set. and another news of fiscal deadlock between the white house and g.o.p. officials continues with the partial government shutdown now in its eleventh day and with less than a week to go before the treasury department runs out of money to pay the
government's bills president obama has been urging congressional republicans to end the gridlock that has overtaken washington and crippled the country late yesterday house republican leaders met with president obama regarding a plan they proposed suggesting a short term debt limit increase that would last for about six weeks and white house has hinted that the new proposal is seriously being considered particularly if it means an end to the government shutdown this morning about twenty house republicans and majority leader eric cantor gathered to talk about the possibility of quickly reopening the government but only if there is a commitment by obama to take significant deficit reduction steps however the president has asked for a short term debt limit increase with no conditions attached and he continues to press his case today in a meeting with senate republicans while there is no definitive deal at this point lawmakers are saying that this six week proposal is the greatest sign of progress
since the government shutdown went into effect and locals in the nation's capital say progress can't come soon enough congress controls all of the district of appropriations and that means the city has been caught up in this national political fight to discuss the latest on the hill and how it affects washington d.c. i was joined earlier by senator paul strauss he's the u.s. shadow senator for the district of columbia and started off by asking him if he felt optimistic that we are nearing a resolution. you know i'd like to be but the information i'm getting is that they're still pretty far apart i don't think it's unreasonable to expect that the government be open that the government pay its bills before we begin to debate about the great issues of. our day this is an outrageous tactic by congressional republicans to hold the entire government hostage and particularly at turning my constituents in the district of columbia even worse because although we've been able to keep the d.c. government open temporarily we're about to run out of money and the consequences
for city residents are going to be much greater than those around the country we're going to talk a little bit more about how is this fiscal deadlock really affecting your residents d.c. residents in particular all locally raise tax dollars have to be appropriated by congress that's wrong it shouldn't be that way we should be treated like every other state locality our local money should be our local money but the rules say that congress controls our budget and when they can't open up the federal government and pass an appropriations bill the city budget gets tied up in that now our mayor has decided not to close the government by declaring all d.c. government workers essential we've run the city very well we have a strong budget surplus but we're dipping into those savings to keep the government open and it wasn't designed to pay day to day operations it was a rainy day fund and certainly it's raining today both metaphorically and in actuality but we're going to run out of money and unlike other situations where tourists can't go to parks or passports might not be issued the impact is very
severe we have health clinics that are going to be forced to close because our medicaid funds are inaccessible mentally ill people can't get their medication life threatening illnesses are going to go on treated we have public charter schools are going to be forced to close that's not happening in the fifty states so what we really need the congress to do while they work out this national disaster is free d.c.'s budget from this ridiculous deadlock and allow the city to stay open sir and as i'm sure you know a couple of days ago. mayor vincent gray you know dropped in on a press conference been given by senate majority leader harry reid to express that very concerned let's take a look at that really quickly. want to have i don't know if i would stop i would still be trying to be able to get your side of your area so that senator reid says i'm on your side don't screw it up well first of all what does that even mean and was that response enough for you well i was right there so it was a. it was certainly
a memorable moment i don't know what senator reid meant exactly by that the truth is senate democrats have been on the district side in these fights with the federal government but we're getting a little frustrated because it's a lot like the fire department coming to your house and starting to tell you a story about how many times they've put fires out or rescued people in times past when we're saying look this house is about to burn down you need to do something now senator reed is a friend he's a supporter of d.c. statehood and he has the job of trying to keep the entire country on track we respect his position and we're grateful for his help but we really need the district to be treated differently because we are different we're not an agency of the federal government and we don't belong in the middle of this federal shutdown mess well let's take a look at some numbers washington d.c. has tapped a one hundred forty four million dollars contingency reserve fund to keep thirty two thousand district employees working during the shutdown on october fifteenth a ninety eight million dollars payroll for these workers is due what happens when this contingency runs out of money we really don't know that is something that we
didn't plan on nobody expected that congress would be this irresponsible and allow this shutdown to continue in the last government shutdown the district was exempted from the consequences locally within five days it's been many more days than that now that contingency fund was not designed to fund day to day operations for long term periods and unlike the fifty other states this is serious. serious consequences to people's health to people's safety trash will be picked up yeah it'll be fun no parking ticket for a few days but that's going to get old fast as the garbage begins to pile up in fact right now it's the district government that's picking up trash in national parks to avoid a public health calamity i don't know what's going to happen when trash doesn't get picked up in the rest of the city when health clinics are forced to close when public charter schools are forced to close the consequences are going to spiral out of control. and the house republicans have passed a bill to allow d.c.
to spend its locally raise tax dollars but reid has not yet brought this to a vote do you feel like there's a disconnect between the needs of your constituents and the national debt and there is a fundamental misunderstanding among many senators that this is not a federal appropriation this is a local government that is trying to spend locally raised dollars at the same time let's not give the republicans too much credit they're being a little cute here they sent a bunch of bills across they're trying to reopen the government piecemeal we know we can't let that happen if we begin on a national level to start passing piecemeal c.r.'s some of the government is never going to open we're never going to have an e.p.a. again fighting environmental polluters we're never going to have people taking on. consumer fighting for consumers so there's plenty of agencies that the republicans would love to keep shut down the entire government when it opens up has to reopen up but at the same time there's ample precedent for treating the district of columbia differently we are not an agency of the federal government our mayor is right the people of d.c. deserve to be have our budget free from this dysfunction and let's let's hope that
d.c. residents do indeed get what they deserve thank you so much for joining me paul strauss as shadow senator representing the district of columbia thank you so much. you may have heard of popular matchmaking sites like e harmony or match dot com but have you heard of ashley madison dot com some would call it a matchmaking site and some might call it just a cheaters paradise ashley madison is an online dating service and social networking sites marketed to people who already are already in relationships that are looking to date who else but other people who are also in relationships or even singles who are just up for the thrill and the last decade since it launched the website has gained quite the traction seeing popularity in cities all over the world and if your current curious to know the top cheater friendly websites in the u.s. excuse me cities in the u.s. you're in luck the website has just released its latest list of top ten mistress' city and surprisingly in the number one spot is phoenix but in
a close second is washington d.c. followed by dallas las vegas and los angeles so what makes phoenix mistress central and what are the factors that may be contributing to the demand for this very nice service to talk about all that and more i'm joined by founder of ashley madison dot com no biederman no thank you so much for joining me so the mix is number one on this list beating out both washington d.c. and las vegas which i think most people would expect to have taken the top spot why does the city of phoenix seem to be the headquarters for home wreckers you know it was interesting you know the phoenix arise if you will was surprising to me when i looked at the data a little earlier there was the mistress from the rubble of an age defect right you had a lot of mistresses in their thirty's and forty's looking to date older men you know we do have are we have actually all rather a generation actually mounted men in their sixty's even in their seventy's using the service and clearly were or is there one that we still remember thinking it's
going to if there are more so than any other city in america. well let's talk about the ashley madison website more generally because it now boasts more than twenty million members across six continents are you surprised by how quickly it's grown and what factors are really contributing to its demand you think you know i was like they all the credit for our worldwide success but ultimately i think it says more about the human condition than about me as a business leader you know infidelity crosses both genders every socioeconomic group every ethnic group there's really nobody that's immune to fosli like i've affairs even in places where supported by law and even worse people still do it that much of a biological drive and so i think that's where the core we call ourselves a monogamous society that we really take a long look at it we can be much more of a non-monogamous society just saying that serves to the events and the law how would you describe the demographic of people who sign up for this male versus female single versus married you know the really interesting we know i'm in this
for the business and i don't make any bones about that but we've become a really interesting revolver florrie almost for sawgrass apologist to take a look at infidelity phenomena because before the internet you really can tell who is cheating right people who are cheating on bring their hands up in the air so we're really the first service of its kind that can tell you listen it is your neighbors it is are your best friends not just politicians and athletes and so it turns out that the women she got about a forty percent rate met a slightly higher rate but ultimately ultimately it's professional women women who are in the workplace earning a lot of having a successful career or going on business trips so well personified by that movie up in the air that certainly a couple years ago that really is the modern phenomena infidelity being changed by women in this day and age and just out of curiosity has the company done any research in the kinds of professions that are largely associated with ashley madison the membership. well absolutely i was going to first question journalist traffic back in two thousand and nine you know the bankers over doctors will terms
of those are number one number two and they seemed to flip flop year in year out on the theme of so you know everything from real estate agents to teachers are prof the number one list and so i don't think it's a professional environment necessarily it's more about the d.n.a. of the individual or what kind of professions attract people with that risk taking mentality that seems to be the case on the other hand you know people in the military nurses doctors they do experience life and death in a different level and a level than others and so maybe maybe those people are less predisposed to stay within the marriage longer than the rest well no it's certainly certainly very interesting information ad to be tracking and we'll definitely be following all the latest stats to come out of the web site no later man founder of ashley madison dot com thank you. everyone knows the saying that cheaters never prosper but when it comes to some unethical bankers and politicians it seems to be the opposite so is cheating just a result of wanting to get more or is it something deeper that affects all of us
for the answer to that the residents laurie carr fittest. did you ever wondered why our bankers and politicians seem to have this alien mobility to cheat relentlessly here's a possible explanation a new study called the cheaters high the other expected effect of benefits of an ethical behavior concludes that people get a natural high from t.v. and it seems to be very a diktat researchers found that participants in the study experienced the real self
satisfaction and even a sense of superiority when they cheated they not only good about themselves they thought they were better than all others when they exceeded. researchers found that people felt so good when they cheated that they were asked to change that cheating dragon again and again at the beginning of the study participants were subjected to a mood assessment that they were given a test after finishing they were given the answer key told to check their own answers and report the number of correct ones what the participants were told was that the researchers could tell if they corrected their wrong answers a whopping forty one percent of participants cheated by changing their answers. then researchers checked participants moods after the cheated and that's when things got interesting because the cheaters clearly exhibited an emotional boost that the honest approaches the police didn't. researchers conducted many tests in
a study with almost seventy percent of people cheating at some point and that sweet addictive high persisted in the cheaters in all of the tasks. the researchers said they were paul so it feels good to see it no wonder our bankers and politicians do with intently and seem to have a level of self satisfaction and a sense of superiority that knows no balogna they're getting high off of. another thing the researchers pointed out was that the cheaters in the study didn't face consequences and didn't feel the guilt of hurting anyone so maybe if we heard all of the consequences of our bankers and politicians greedy cheating right out they'll start to change their ways and if that doesn't work maybe it's time to spend them all to rehab to get help getting that she monkey off their back and then
maybe they'll stop hurling their t.v. who. talk about that by following me on twitter at the resident. and that does it for now for more on the stories we covered today go to youtube dot com slash r t america or check out our website r t dot com slash usa you can also follow me on twitter adam you're a david and don't forget to tune in at nine pm for larry king now tonight's episode will be a journey through baseball history at the sports museum of l.a. all of you baseball fans out there you don't want to miss it for now have a great night. i took.
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